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What’s In Your Coping Toolbox?

Life consistently presents us with challenges and changes and at times this can lead to us feeling stressed.

Planning how to manage and cope in various life situations and finding out which coping skills work best for you, is the key to succeeding with stress rather than experiencing distress. Here are some ideas for coping with stress:

  1. Understand more about stress – this involves recognising your sources of stress and how stress affects you personally. Plan for stressful periods.
  2. Problem-solve – what is the problem, be specific and break it down into realistic achievable components. Then set goals on how to deal with each problem. Make sure you include how to begin your plan of action.
  3. Develop new behaviour – if you take on too much and have problems saying no, learn to be assertive. A good counsellor or coach can help you with this. Learn to manage your time more effectively and delegate wherever possible! Avoid procrastination; whilst you are not doing it, you will only be spending energy worrying about it.
  4. Make sure you develop a support network – deliberately develop good supportive relationships. Ask for help when needed and accept it when offered. You must also be prepared to do the same for others.
  5. Make time to relax and enjoy yourself – how many of us know we should do more of this but do not make the time? Set aside time each day to relax and build this into your routine. Develop hobbies and leisure activities that help you to switch off.

Are these 5 ideas going to stop you from getting stressed? No, they will not. BUT they are 5 big steps you can take to stop letting stress overwhelming you.

What would your life be like if you had less stress in your life?

About David Lawson

Finding the Light is a locally owned and operated counselling and life coaching business based in Bundaberg. We seek to empower our clients to find their way forward to a better life by using the approaches of counselling or coaching. If this blog article has raised more questions please contact us by email or call us on 0407 585 497 to arrange a time for us to discuss the article. Mention this blog and we will give you a FREE 30 minute session to discuss.

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